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From Global Issues April 6, 2006
The Iraq Crisis - the Effects of Sanctions
An incredible collection of all the relevant documents by a leading website on international affairs. We link to it here because the cruel sanctions that killed around 1 million Iraqis (and destroyed so much in former Yugoslavia too) must not be forgotten and because there is talk again about sanctions, this time against Iran. Sanctions is a Weapon of Mass Destruction and, as such, should never be used!

TFF PressInfo 230, TFF Asssociate Richard Falk, December 4, 2005
Ending the war on Iraq
The solutions proposed in the American political mainstream are not convincing: wait until the Iraq military can bring stability to the country seems like waiting for Godot. We should have learned better from our Vietnam experience. Mobilise the U.S. anti-war opinion, help Iraqi reconciliation and consider the 8 balanced steps that must be taken now to get us out and reshape our policies in the region.
By Richard Falk.

Hans von Sponeck, TFF Associate, December 4, 2005
Iraq - the burden of sanctions
The fate of a people became collateral damage, a euphemism for death and destitution. Important and final facts have now become available for the period of the oil-for-food programme. As the Volcker committee's report occupies the headlines it is important to remember that the original crime was the indiscriminate use of sanctions against the people of Iraq.

Hans von Sponeck, TFF Associate, November 8, 2005
Iraq: Humanitarian Issues and Tensions in the Oil-for-Food Programme 1998-2000 and Beyond
The authoritative study with the needed documentation by the person who knows because he was there - a person whose commitment to the welfare and dignity of the Iraqi people can not be disputed.
In parts it summarizes the content of von Sponeck's new book in German, Ein anderer Krieg. Das Sanktionsregime der UNO im Irak (Hamburger Edition, 2005).
The US/UK led sanctions killed many times more people than the war has. While the debate on fraud within the UN dominates the media, we forget that the real issue ought to be: why did the UN Security Council members persist in upholding a sanctions regime full well knowing that its effects amounted to one of the largest genocides in modern times? This article and von Sponeck's new book help you understand exactly why.

Hans von Sponeck, TFF Associate, September 21, 2005
To an unknown Iraqi (2003)
As predicted the most uneven war in history did not last long. While we continued our lives in the comfort of peace, we watched you suffering the horror of war. Will you every forgive us? Sadly even truer now two years later.

Johan Galtung, TFF Associate, July 15, 2005
Human rights and the illegal US/UK attack on Iraq
By some counts the attack on Iraq is US aggression no. 239 after the Thomas Jefferson start in the early 19th century and no. 69 after the Second world war; with between 12 and 16 million killed in that period alone. All of it is in flagrant contradiction of the most basic human rights, like the "right to life, liberty and security of persons" (Universal Declaration, UD:3) and the condemnation of the "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" (UD:5).

Hans von Sponeck, TFF Associate, July 15, 2005
The conduct of the UN before and after the 2003 invasion
von Sponeck's statement at the World Tribunal on Iraq

TFF Associates, July 8, 2005
Keynote speakers at the recent
World Tribunal on Iraq
- Richard Falk:
Opening Speech on behalf of the Panel of Advocates: Macro approach to the system; the "moral" responsibility underlying the constitution of the UN; the limits to the exercise of power for the states; violation of international law.
- Hans von Sponeck:
The conduct of the UN before and after the 2003 invasion
- Johan Galtung:
Human Rights and the U.S./U.K. Illegal Attack on Iraq
- and all the other contributions, the Preliminary Declaration of the Jury of Conscience, press releases etc - all here.
- And this is what John Pilger had to say about the Tribunal.

TFF Feature Collection, February 1, 2005
Iraq Analyses: The resistance & the elections
Plus human rights, WMDs, the occupation in a wider strategic perspective and the destruction of Babylon

Some 40 articles on aspects we should keep in mind in the future. They offer perspectives on what to learn and what to remember when they build up the next crisis...

Hans von Sponeck, January 27, 2005
Iraq and the United Nations: Dilemmas of the Future
With his 32 years of service in the UN - of which two as humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq - von Sponeck's soft-spoken knowledge of the issues and his humane visions make a must read for anyone concerned with international affairs. Later this year he publishes "Iraq Autopsy" - probably the most insightful analysis so far of these complex issues.

Farhang Jahanpour, January 14, 2005
The Iraqi elections must go ahead as scheduled: the alternative is much worse
There are four main groups inside Iraq who oppose the elections. In spite of spiralling violence, elections should be held. Jahanpour argues postponing the elections does not promise a better situation later. He also analyses the regional aspects, the relations beetween Iran and Iraq and outlines what the U.S. must do, including leaving Iraq.

Francis A. Boyle, January 5, 2005
The legal elite and the Iraq war: The Nazis had their law professors, too. From Counterpunch.
See his book, Destroying World Order

Brian Martin, January 5, 2005
Iraq attack backfire
Attacks of all sorts can backfire, especially when they are perceived as unjust. But as well as being a potential outcome of an attack, backfire can be studied as a process. Attackers often seek to prevent backfire, whereas opponents of the attack seek to magnify it. Backfire is an ongoing struggle, a sort of game. The key is to understand the rules of the game.

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Dr. Akila Al-Hashimi,
former plenipotentiary minister,
Dept of International Organisations,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Baghdad.
TFF's team met her in January 2003. In her humble and knowledgeable way she taught us much about Iraq and opened doors to other good people for us.
She was one of the three women members of Iraq's Governing Council. She had been talked about as the next Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations.
On Saturday last week she was shot by unknown gunmen.
On September 25 she died.
Gunmen killed her, yes. But like the UN and Sergio de Mello, Al-Hashimi is a victim of the war and the occupation.

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